Reto Ziegler escaped punishment for his kick out on Fafa Picault last week and so far has escaped the MLS Disciplinary Committee too.
The veteran defender was back in the starting lineup for FC Dallas and scored the eventual game-winner in the 60th minute from the penalty spot in a 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers on Saturday.
Ziegler kicked out at Picault while on the ground, making contact with his midsection after the two collided going for a cross from Kai Wagner in front of the goal. No foul was given and Ziegler continued on in the game, which the Union ended up winning 2-1 with a pair of late goals that canceled out Ziegler’s free kick goal in the first half.
Picault appealed to the referee for a foul to be called, lifting up his shirt and showing where he says Ziegler made contact, according to a photo posted on the 215Pix Twitter account.
He took to Twitter himself last Sunday to call attention to the foul, tweeting “I’m still waiting on the video review for the deliberate stud kick to my chest.”
Marco Fabián was sent off with a straight red in the second week of the season at Sporting Kansas City after he made contact with his boot with Johnny Russell trying to avoid his slide tackle. Fabián served the automatic one-game suspension for the infraction but only found out the following Thursday that the Disciplinary Committee had added an additional one-game suspension and fined him an undisclosed amount.
Given that time frame, it’s still possible Ziegler sees some repercussion for the action. In the mean time, Fafa and the rest of us will wait to see if anything comes.